Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wallPhoto Credit: Alina Grubnyak
quote by Jackson Pollock: Every good painter paints what he is. with background image: photo of author Jackson Pollock with quote

Every good painter paints what he is.

--Jackson Pollock
quote by Herman Melville: It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. with background image: photo of author Herman Melville with quote

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

--Herman Melville
quote by Henry Ward Beecher: Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. with background image: yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Background Photo: Markus Spiske

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

--Henry Ward Beecher
quote by Henri Matisse: There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. with background image: photo of author Henri Matisse with quote

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.

--Henri Matisse
quote by Georges Rouault: For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh. with background image: photo of author Georges Rouault with quote

For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.

--Georges Rouault
quote by Gustave Flaubert: Of all lies, art is the least untrue. with background image: photo of author Gustave Flaubert with quote

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

--Gustave Flaubert
quote by Georgia O'Keeffe: I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could. with background image: photo of author Georgia O'Keeffe with quote

I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could.

--Georgia O'Keeffe
quote by George Santayana: An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. with background image: photo of author George Santayana with quote

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.

--George Santayana
quote by Vincent van Gogh: Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. with background image: photo of author Vincent van Gogh with quote

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

--Vincent van Gogh
quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. with background image: photo of author Friedrich Nietzsche with quote

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

--Friedrich Nietzsche
quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: We have art in order not to die of the truth. with background image: photo of author Friedrich Nietzsche with quote

We have art in order not to die of the truth.

--Friedrich Nietzsche
quote by Frida Kahlo: I paint flowers so they will not die. with background image: photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I paint flowers so they will not die.

--Frida Kahlo
quote by Frida Kahlo: I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. with background image: photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.

--Frida Kahlo
quote by Frida Kahlo: I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. with background image: photo of author Frida Kahlo with quote

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.

--Frida Kahlo
quote by Frederic Chopin: Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. with background image: photo of author Frederic Chopin with quote

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.

--Frederic Chopin
quote by Frank Lloyd Wright: Space is the breath of art. with background image: photo of author Frank Lloyd Wright with quote

Space is the breath of art.

--Frank Lloyd Wright
quote by Sir Francis Bacon: The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. with background image: photo of author Sir Francis Bacon with quote

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

--Sir Francis Bacon
quote by Elijah Wood: I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world. with background image: photo of author Elijah Wood with quote

I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world.

--Elijah Wood
quote by Edgard Varese: Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs. with background image: photo of author Edgard Varese with quote

Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.

--Edgard Varese
quote by Émile Zola: The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. with background image: photo of author Émile Zola with quote

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

--Émile Zola
quote by Elbert Hubbard: To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. with background image: photo of author Elbert Hubbard with quote

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

--Elbert Hubbard
quote by Edgar Degas: Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. with background image: photo of author Edgar Degas with quote

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.

--Edgar Degas
quote by Edgar Degas: Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. with background image: photo of author Edgar Degas with quote

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

--Edgar Degas
quote by Edvard Munch: For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art. with background image: photo of author Edvard Munch with quote

For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art.

--Edvard Munch
quote by Edvard Munch: Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash. with background image: photo of author Edvard Munch with quote

Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash.

--Edvard Munch
quote by E. M. Forster: History develops, art stands still. with background image: photo of author E. M. Forster with quote

History develops, art stands still.

--E.M. Forster

quote by Dorothea Lange: Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. with background image: photo of author Dorothea Lange with quote

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

--Dorothea Lange
quote by Douglas Adams: I think the idea of art kills creativity. with background image: photo of author Douglas Adams with quote

I think the idea of art kills creativity.

--Douglas Adams
quote by Dante Alighieri: Nature is the art of God. with background image: photo of author Dante Alighieri with quote

Nature is the art of God.

--Dante Alighieri
quote by Christina Rossetti: Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. with background image: photo of author Christina Rossetti with quote

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.

--Christina Rossetti
quote by Camille Pissarro: It is absurd to look for perfection. with background image: photo of author Camille Pissarro with quote

It is absurd to look for perfection.

--Camille Pissarro
quote by Claude Monet: Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. with background image: photo of author Claude Monet with quote

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

--Claude Monet

Longer Version:

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. To such an extent indeed that one day, finding myself at the deathbed of a woman who had been and still was very dear to me, I caught myself in the act of focusing on her temples and automatically analyzing the succession of appropriately graded colors which death was imposing on her motionless face.


quote by Claude Debussy: Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art. with background image: photo of author Claude Debussy with quote

Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.

--Claude Debussy
quote by Charles Horton Cooley: An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. with background image: photo of author Charles Horton Cooley with quote

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.

--Charles Horton Cooley
quote by Charles Bukowski: An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. with background image: photo of author Charles Bukowski with quote

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.

--Charles Bukowski
quote by Coco Chanel: In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. with background image: photo of author Coco Chanel with quote

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.

--Coco Chanel

Longer Version:

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different- life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself- a girl should be two things: who and what she wants.


quote by bell hooks: I feel that my environment reflects my belief in the grace and art and elegance of living simply. with background image: photo of author bell hooks with quote

I feel that my environment reflects my belief in the grace and art and elegance of living simply.

--bell hooks
quote by Alfred Stieglitz: The goal of art was the vital expression of self. with background image: photo of author Alfred Stieglitz with quote

The goal of art was the vital expression of self.

--Alfred Stieglitz
quote by Al Hirschfeld: Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. with background image: photo of author Al Hirschfeld with quote

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.

--Al Hirschfeld
quote by Aristotle: The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

--Aristotle
quote by Antoni Gaudi: Nothing is art if it does not come from nature. with background image: photo of author Antoni Gaudi with quote

Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.

--Antoni Gaudi
quote by Ansel Adams: A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. with background image: photo of author Ansel Adams with quote

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.

--Ansel Adams

Longer Version:

A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.


quote by Ansel Adams: When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. with background image: low angle photography of drop lights
Background Photo: Skye Studios

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

--Ansel Adams
quote by Andy Warhol: Art is what you can get away with. with background image: photo of author Andy Warhol with quote

Art is what you can get away with.

--Andy Warhol
quote by Albert Einstein: True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. with background image: photo of author Albert Einstein with quote

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.

--Albert Einstein
quote by Albert Einstein: I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. with background image: person wearing TV helmet with remote
Background Photo: Noah Buscher

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.


quote by Auguste Rodin: The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation. with background image: photo of author Auguste Rodin with quote

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.

--Auguste Rodin
quote by Agnes Martin: Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings. with background image: photo of author Agnes Martin with quote

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.

--Agnes Martin
quote by Agnes Martin: My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind. with background image: photo of author Agnes Martin with quote

My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind.

--Agnes Martin
quote by Agnes Martin: When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection. with background image: photo of author Agnes Martin with quote

When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.

--Agnes Martin
quote by Agnes Martin: The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea. with background image: photo of author Agnes Martin with quote

The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea.

--Agnes Martin
Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

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